Growing older is a gift. Looking older… well, not so much. Here’s the good news: 2015 is an exciting time for facial plastic surgeons and the patients we serve. We have never had such a wide variety of tools and techniques available to help you look your best: scientifically formulated skin care products, lasers to treat redness, brown spots, unwanted hair and wrinkles, non-surgical tightening techniques, long-lasting fillers that can replenish facial volume and return your face to a more youthful shape, minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be done in the office under local anesthesia, and when necessary, complete surgical facial rejuvenation to take years off your appearance and allow you to look as good as you feel.
With all of these new treatments, however, patients are often confused. Whom should I see? What should I do? What can I afford? These are real issues that must be considered. Allow me to share some of the wisdom that I have acquired during my 20 years in practice. Find a surgeon with experience, who listens to your concerns, whose aesthetic you share and whose judgment you trust. Don’t spend more than you can afford but don’t choose your doctor solely on price. Though price is not an exact indicator of quality, there is truth to the statement, “you get what you pay for.” Aesthetic procedures are just that, aesthetic. If you don’t look naturally more beautiful after treatment, the procedure(s) have not served you well. Understand that it is absolutely necessary that your treating physician is knowledgeable and skilled but just as important, they must also have an artist’s eye for detail, proportion and symmetry. You can achieve technical success (a result which is appropriate for the treatment without complications) but artistic failure (you simply don’t look better or even worse, you look disproportionate or even weird). Your face is your public persona. There is no place to hide. Remember that excellent facial aesthetic work goes unnoticed. Seek out expert care. Your face is worth it.